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Vol. 110, No. 1 



January, 1948 



About the Cover 



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RAVENSLEA" Home of British 
Mission Headquarters 



THE front cover for this issue is that of "Ravenslea" 
— the home of British Mission Headquarters, the 
South London Branch, the British Mission 
Genealogical Society, and the Millennial Star, located 
on the corner of Nightingale Lane and Ravenslea Road, 
in Balham, London. This photograph was taken by 
Elder Melvin M. Owens, Secretary of the British Mission. 

"Ravenslea" was purchased by the Church in 1935. It 
was built just before the turn of the century and was 
formerly the residence of a London architect. 

In 1939, "Ravenslea" became Headquarters for the 
British Mission. Throughout the war years, it was a 
"veritable fortress of faith in a wilderness of war." 
Bombs dropped all around "Ravenslea." Rows of houses 
were destroyed no less than 150 yards away. One buzz 
bomb exploded just a half a block from "Ravenslea," 
bursting its windows and shaking its foundation. 

With the war over, peace has again returned to 
"Ravenslea." Recently, painters, decorators, and repair- 
men have been busily engaged in remodelling the build- 
ing inside and out. The chapel has been redecorated 
and new lighting installed; the halls and rooms, as well 
as the outside of the building, have been re-painted; 
and the front grounds have been beautified. 

Numerous visitors and investigators attend their first 
Latter-day Saint services in "Ravenslea." In its new 
dress, "Ravenslea" proudly stands as the Headquarters 
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 
Great Britain, and beckons to the world to enter its 
portals and examine the teachings and doctrines of the 
Restored Gospel. 



* THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS* * 

MILLENNIAL STAR 

108th Year JANUARY 1948 Vol. 110 No. 1 

EDITOR Associate Editor 

Selvoy J. Boyer William R. Callister 



CONTENTS: 

Page 

On Sharing the Gospel — Vivian Meik - - 2 

New Property Dedicated _____ 4 

"Search the Scriptures" — Alma Sonne 5 

The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ 

— James L. Barker 6 

London Association Visits 

Mission Headquarters 8 

Message from the Mission Presidency - - 9 

Missionary Activity Through Basketball - - 10 

Schedule of District Conferences 

(Spring Series) 12 

Welsh District Advancing ----- 13 

The Church and the Press in Britain - - 14 
EDITORIAL— 

1947 — A Year of Progress 

—William R. Callister 16 

World Church News ------ is 

The Church in Europe - - - - - - 19 

British Mission -------- 20 



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ON SHARING THE GOSPEL 



"THE MILLS OF GOD GRIND 
SLOWLY 
BUT THEY GRIND EXCEEDING 
SMALL ..." 

TODAY those immortal lines arc 
coming back to me with deep 
emotion. 

A year ago I would have thought it 
impossible that such a contrast as I 
have experienced since then was with- 
in the bounds of reason or logic. 

Last year my life and being belonged 
to a world of the black despair be- 
queathed to the survivors of a decade 
of continental insanity — a desert of 
despond in which there seemed to be 
no oasis. Yes, it was a black Christ- 
mastide indeed. 

And then, when life seemed at its 
spiritual blackest, a ray of light shone 
on the oasis which was there all the 
time. Some of you may remember the 
record I put down on these pages . . . 

I am thinking of those days as I 
write — then I was on the outside look- 
ing in. Today I am on the inside look- 
ing out. 

Here I am, on the eve of a Christ- 
mastide already charged with a sense 
of peace and happiness — and security 
—greater than I, and millions like me, 
had deemed possible after the horrors 
of those war scarred years. 

Here I am, I repeat, in this oasis of 
peace, a gentler, kinder, deeper, warmer 
peace than any since my boyhood. 

Just because I found this oasis — 
from the outside looking in — the oasis 
made possible only by the sublime faith 
and unquenchable spirit of honest 
work of our Pioneer fathers . . . 

I can speak, as it were, from two 
platforms at the same time. I can tell 
you what our Faith, our Cause, looks 
like from the almost illimitable black 
shadows beyond the pale. I can tell 
you of the highlights they can see 
from the distances — but I can tell you 



by Vivian Meik 



EDITOR'S NOTE: The Author, Vivian 
Meik, is a former Diplomatic Corres- 
pondent for "The People," and a 
former member of the South London 
Branch. At present Vivian .Meik 
writes a front page column for 
the "Deseret News." He extends 
"Season's Greetings" to the British 
Saints. 

• 

also that they have not failed to note 
the dark patches in the oasis itself. 

From here I can tell you of what 
they cry for so desperately in their 
black, aching void. I can tell you how 
the inner significance of our great cen- 
tennial has not passed unnoticed — far 
from it — how the fact has been re- 
marked that today, after a century of 
cruel persecution and misrepresenta- 
tion, our Faith stands four square to 
the four quarters of the compass. It is 
stronger than it has ever been. 

Out there beyond the oasis, they 
would give years of their lives for just 
such faith, such strength, such pro- 
gress — material linked with spiritual — 
such confidence in the future. 

Don't tell me the answer is the easy 
reply, "Why don't they come in? It's 
open to all . . . " 

That reply is too slick, too offhand. 
The reality is that they CAN'T come 
in unless WE open the gate, marked 
(in the symbolism of the Pilgrim's 
Progress) UNDERSTANDING. 

Above all people in the world, we 
of the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints, should know the 
difficulty of passing through the 
gate. 

It is not enough to say we send our 
missionaries — there is quite another 
side to the question. 

To appreciate it we must keep in 
balance — keep in balance all the time 



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Vivian Meik 



— the two points of view. From the 
outside looking in and from the inside 
lopking out. 

We are inside, as we honestly be- 
lieve. Our oasis, we believe, we KNOW 
id Zion. But Zion is only what it is 
today not only because of our faith, 
but because of our work. The outside 
world freely admit that. Of late years 
they admit, too, that they admit it with 
respect, even admiration. But what of 
the future years? 

They can't UNDERSTAND our faith 
because it is not adequately explained 
to them. They in their shadows speak 
a different spiritual language to us in 
our oasis — and before we can get them 
to realise what we mean or are, we 
must, as it were, learn their language 
and then superimpose ours . . . 

It is or is it not our sacred duty to 
do this? That is the question from 
the inside looking out. How can we 
do our duty? 

In the last century we have been 
busily engaged in building up Zion and 
consolidating our position. 

Now we must expand according to 
the duty to our Faith which has been 



imposed on us. We must give those 
who look on the light of the true 
Gospel the opportunity of absorbing 
that light. They must never call it a 
will-o'-the-wisp. 

The fact that we have 5,000 mission- 
aries out beyond the oasis is not nearly 
enough. There are more than two 
billion — yes, two billion people — whom 
they cannot reach. 

As matters stand we cannot reach 
them either in one lifetime or two or 
three lifetimes. 

But we can do our duty in sending 
that light as far as possible. We would 
be guilty of a grave sin against our 
concepts if we shirked this duty. 

There is one way — one way only — to 
do this effectively. 

We must radiate the Gospel that 
God has blessed us with by our ex- 
ample, just as our father's example has 
brought the world to our door* 

They banded together as one faith, 
one way of life, one Church. But, in 
the final analysis, the strongest band 
is a combination of individuals. 

Today, individual action is no less 
important than in the last century. It 
may well take another century to have 
the million strong band that now makes 
up the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints work as a single 
entity to spread the true Gospel. 

It can, of course, be done long before 
this if each one of us does his or her 
part. That is the simple logic of 
elementary arithmetic. 

Look at it this way. Suppose that 
every one of us had the courage- 
developed the courage, if you prefer- 
to face ourselves in the secrecy of our 
own hearts. 

Let us be brutally honest with our- 
selves. Let us cut out all the trim- 
mings, all the excuses, and honestly 
ask ourselves just one question: 

"Why am I not LIVING my faith 
as I know I should and could?" 

— continued on page 32 



NEW PROPERTY DEDICATED 



DEDICATORY SERVICES for 
Church property recently pur- 
chased at Denton, near Man- 
chester, were held on December 7th, 
1947. The new property will serve as 
the District Headquarters for the Man- 
chester District and as a chapel for the 
Denton Branch. This is the nineteenth 
chapel that the Church owns and has 
dedicated in Great Britain. 

President Alma Sonne of the Euro- 
pean Mission presided and Manchester 
District President George W. Bruerton 
conducted the dedicatory services. 
There were sixty-five in attendance, 
including several members from Hyde, 
Stockport, and visitors. 

Speakers were President Sonne, 
Presidents Selvoy J. Boyer, Wallace R. 
Reid and George F. Poole of the British 
Mission Presidency, President Bruerton 
and Elder Wallace G. Bennett. 

A summary of President Sonne's 
dedicatory prayer follows: 

"We thank Thee for Thy Church. 
We thank Thee for the mighty work 
done by Joseph Smith and his succes- 
sors in the presidency of Thy Church. 
We thank Thee for Thy goodness to 
the Latter-day Saints. We sustain 
before Thee the First Presidency, even 
President George Albert Smith, Presi- 
dent J. Reuben Clark, and President 
David O. McKay. We ask Thee to 
bless them above all men. We sustain 
the general authorities of those who 
preside in the stakes, wards, missions, 
and quorums of Thy Church. Prosper 
the cause of truth in the earth. Bless 



the missionaries who are spreading 
Thy gospel. Bless President Boyer, the 
President of the British Mission, bless 
his associates, and bless his compan- 
ion. Bless President Bruerton, the 
president of this, the Manchester Dis- 
trict in the British Mission. Remember 
them that they may lack in no 
qualification. 

"We present before Thee this build- 
ing as a monument to the faith of the 
Latter-day Saints. We pray that it 
may be a refuge of strength against 
the storms which may rage. 

"Thy servant, who has been sent here 
by the First Presidency of the Church 
dedicates this building unto Thee — 
every part and portion of it from the 
roof to the basement, furniture, fix- 
tures, drapes, and the ground on which 
it stands. Preserve and protect it 
against the destructive forces. Inspire 
Thy people to continue the beautifica- 
tion programme which they have 
undertaken. Accept our devotion, 
thanks, and prayers." 

In his sermon, President Sonne em- 
phasised that the Church is growing 
in Europe and in the earth. He told 
of the recent conference he attended 
in Berlin at which 2,000 were present. 
He bore testimony that Joseph Smith 
was a prophet of God and discussed 
some of the Prophets' contributions to 
the world. 

The chapel has been beautifully 
decorated, largely by Samuel Mills. 
It is now being used by the Denton 
Branch, which was opened in mid- 
December. 



BRITISH MISSION PHOTOS REQUESTED 

BEGINNING with this issue, the front cover of the Millennial Star will contain 
views of Mission chapels and halls, spots of British Mission historical 
interest, and missionary activities. All readers of the Star are urged to 
submit to the Star Offices any photos that are believed to be suitable for this 
purpose. Acknowledgement will be given for all pictures used. Negatives of 
photos are not necessary if prints are clear. 



"SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES" 



THE BIBLE should be read. It con- 
tains most precious truths which 
are vital to man's development. 
Its religious significance is recognised 
in all Christian countries. The Holy 
Bible is a powerful testimony of the 
existence of God and the divine mission 
of Jesus Christ. It has been a source 
of comfort and strength to thousands 
in times of sorrow and disappoints 
ment. Its pages are filled with quot- 
able passages concerning the conduct 
of man and his spiritual and moral 
well-being. It sparkles with apt and 
striking comments on human behaviour 
and on man's relationships with man 
in his daily life. 

The influence of the Bible reaches 
into the laws and governments of 
nations and into the art, literature and 
folklore of races and communities. No 
book is so widely read. There is a 
peculiar sanctity and force about its 
words. In it are the messages of mighty 
prophets who "spake as they were 
moved by the Holy Ghost." (II Peter 
1:21) There, too, are the words of 
Jesus spoken as He walked and talked 
among men, His masterful Sermon on 
the Mount and His admonitions to 
neighbours and friends. 

History proves that the Holy Bible 
has irrevocably altered the lives of men 
and nations. It has touched deeply the 
very heart of humanity. Public men 
who have attained eminence have been 
equipped with a knowledge of this 
sacred volume. It is a converter of 
souls to a better life, to a belief in God 
and to a wholesome respect for His 
laws and commandments. 

It was the Bible that led the Prophet 
Joseph Smith into the presence of the 
Father and the Son and opened the 
door to a new gospel dispensation. 
Thousands of people have been brought 
into the Church because of their 
familiarity with Bible teachings. 

Biblical research and intensive study 
of the sacred writings have contributed 
much to the intelligent and sane use of 



By Alma Sonne 




Alma Sonne 

European Mission President and 

Assistant to the Council of the 

Twelve 



the Bible. Scholarship and honsL in- 
vestigation will eventually remove all 
doubt respecting its divine authenticity 
and its trustworthiness and reliability 
as a guide to human progress. 

It is natural for most men to turn 
to the past for proved wisdom. The 
Bible contains the wisdom of the ages 
and the demonstrations of God's power 
to uplift the human family. From its 
pages come a transcendent comfort 
and a deeper sense of life's purposes. 

Joseph Smith, the Prophet, excelled 
as a student of the scriptures and 
sought to eliminate the confusion and 
difficulty arising from diverse interpre- 
tations. He contended that the Bible 
must be studied and analysed. The 
Book of Mormon, brought forth by 
him, confirms and validates its pro- 
phetic teachings as the word of God. 

Brigham Young, the pioneer prophet 
and leader, urged the Latter-day Saints 
to read the scriptures as though they 

— continued on page 32 



THE RESTORATION OF THE 



GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST 



EDITORS NOTE: This is the second 
in a series of six articles by President 
James L. Barker of the French 
Mission. Professor Barker is the 
author of "Protestors of Christen- 
dom," a recent publication telling of 
the apostacy of the early Christian 
Church. • 

■ 

"TF ye are not one, ye are not mine," 
' said Jesus — one in acceptance of 
and obedience to divine truth, 
one in brotherhood and love. 

The truth, the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ, has been given to the world 
more than once. It was given to the 
first man. Each time it was given it 
was lost through disobedience. Jesus 
brought the Gospel again that man, 
through acceptance and obedience, 
might have another chance for happi- 
ness and peace. 

Before and after the time of Jesus, 
the Pharisees and the Saducees were 
divided even on such important doc- 
trine as the resurrection. The Phari- 
sees believed in the resurrection, the 
Saducees did not. 

Why did they not unite? The only 
way they could unite was for one of 
them to accept the belief of the other. 

Would they unite in truth or in 
error? If they could have founded 
their teachings on the revelation of 
God, they could have united in truth. 
But they had had no prophets for a 
long time, and they did not accept 
Jesus. 

At the beginning of the nineteenth 
century, religious beliefs were again 
the result of a long evolution of human 
reasoning and discussion; no doctrine 
of the primitive church had escaped 
change and all of the changes had 
taken place since revelation to the 
church and the world had ceased. 



By James L. Barker 



President of the 
French .Mission 

■ 
How could all men and all churches 
become united? 

Force had been tried and, at times, 
had achieved a certain outward unity. 
However, it was as likely to unite men 
in error as in truth. Moreover, the use 
of force to compel the consciences of 
men is not of God, and was first used 
after revelation ceased. 

But during the first quarter of the 
nineteenth century, could not men of 
good will unite on what the Saviour 
had taught? No. Except in a frag- 
mentary and general way, no one knew 
what He had taught. Even today, few 
historians of the same church, relying 
only on the known facts of the history 
of early Christianity, agree completely 
on important facts of organisation, 
government and doctrine of the early 
church. 

How then can men and the churches 
be united? Men of good will can be 
united if they can learn the command- 
ments and will of God and are willing 
to accept and obey them. But a knowl- 
edge of these once lost, can be obtained 
again in one way only — in the way the 
commandments and teachings were 
first received — by revelation from God. 

What is it that gives us joy in read- 
ing the scriptures? Is it not the 
solicitude of God the Father for His 
children. His nearness to them. His 
watchcare over them. His guidance of 
them by heavenly messengers and by 
the Holy Ghost 1 God directed Abra- 
ham, He came to Moses on the Mount, 
He sent the Angel Gabriel to the 
mother of John and to the mother of 
Jesus: Jesus appeared unto Paul on the 
way to Damascus and afterwards. 



While living He chose and guided His 
servants. Without the story of these 
things there would be no scripture. 

At the beginning of the nineteenth 
century, revelation had ceased; there 
was little religious tolerance in the 
world. Yet interpretations of scripture 
were ever more and more divergent, 
and sects were multiplying. Incon- 
sistencies and contradictions were 
many and the world was in a chaotic 
religious state. 

In this time of need, of disputation, 
uncertainty, would our Heavenly 
Father again reveal His truth, His 
gospel — the good news — His plan for 
man's happiness? 

In 1820, a boy, untrained in the 
philosophies and theologies of men, 
desiring to do the will of God, and 
feeling that he himself could not know 
which church was right, read in James, 
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him 
ask of God who giveth to all men 
liberally and upbraideth not, and it 
shall be given him." (James 1: 5) 

In simple faith the boy, Joseph 

Smith, went into the quiet of the 

woods and prayed. (Ref.: Joseph 
Smith's Own Story) 

In answer to his prayer, two glorified 
personages appeared to him, and one, 
speaking of the other, said, "This is 
my beloved Son. Hear Him." 

For the first time since the loss of 
the testimony of the Holy Ghost there 
was a witness who could testify — God 
lives; He is a personal being; Jesus is 
the Christ, the Son of God. 

The Saviour told Joseph to join none 
of the churches, that none were ac- 
ceptable to God, "They teach for doc- 
trines the commandments of men." 

After this first vision followed a 
period of waiting — of testing. Would 
the boy, only fourteen years of age, 
subjected to ridicule and persecution, 




James L. Barker 



be strong enough and courageous 
enough to stand by this testimony? 

There were eight years of testing of 
the boy prophet, of instructions by 
heavenly messengers, revelation of 
doctrine, and the restoration of the 
priesthood — the authority to act in the 
name of the Lord. Then followed the 
organisation of the church, bitter per- 
secution, and finally the sealing of his 
testimony with his blood. 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ in its 
purity was restored — restored by the 
Father and the Son and divine mes- 
sengers sent by Them. It has been 
said that this is laying claim to a great 
deal. It is. But anything else would 
not have been sufficient. Once lost, 
divine truth and authority could be 
restored only as they were originally 
given — by revelation from God. 

In the scriptures, heavenly appear- 
ances are for the accomplishment of 
divine purposes, sufficiently important 
to justify the sending of messengers. 
Was the restoration of the priesthood 
and of the government of the church, 
together with the doctrines restored, of 
sufficient importance to account for 
the sending of heavenly messengers 
again to the earth? 

—continued on page 29 



London Association Visits— • 

•—MISSION HEADQUARTERS 



THE RESTORED GOSPEL, in its 
nearly 120 years of existence, has 
been preached under many vary- 
ing circumstances and situations. Just 
recently a rather unusual opportunity 
was presented the missionaries of the 
London District. 

One afternoon a gentleman tele- 
phoned the Mission Headquarters at 
149 Nightingale Lane, in London, and 
stated that he was a representative of 
a group of people known as^the London 
Appreciation Society and would like to 
know if arrangements could be made 
whereby his association could visit the 
Headquarters and learn something 
concerning the Mormon people. 

He went on to explain that his 
society made weekly Saturday after- 
noon excursions to various points of 
interest in and about London. Included 
on the weekly tours were St. Pauls 
Cathedral, Bruce Castle Museum, 
College of Physical Education, and 
trips to near-by towns and villages. 
He said that his group was composed 
of Londoners of both sexes and mixed 
ages who were interested in seeing and 
learning all about Greater London. He 
said that they were desirous to learn 
something about the Mormons in 
London. 

Arrangements were made, and at 
the appointed time, members of the 
London Appreciation Society gathered 
at a designated corner adjacent to 
Mission Headquarters. Then the 
group, consisting of from thirty-five to 
forty persons, proceeded in a body to 
149 Nightingale Lane, where they were 
met by London District President 
Richard W. Clayton. President Clay- 
ton welcomed the group and explained 
that he would act as guide on the tour 
of the Mission Headquarters. 

First of all the group was taken to 
the South London Branch Chapel. 
Here, Elder James L. Mortensen in- 
structed them on the nature of the 



Sunday services and the significance of 
the sacrament. The group was then 
led to the front office, where Elder 
Melvin M. Owens, Mission Secretary, 
explained the physical organisation of 
the Mission, districts and branches, 
and told of his particular duties as 
Mission Secretary. 

Next, they were led to the office of 
the British Mission President, Selvoy 
J. Boyer. Here, Sister Agnes Beecher, 
Correspondence Secretary, briefly ex- 
plained the missionary system and told 
of the manner in which missionaries 
received their calls and assignments. 

The Mission Bookstore was next on 
the tour. Here, Sister Edith Mullinger 
showed to the group the various lesson 
manuals used in auxiliary work and 
the Church reference books that are 
on sale there. Sister Blanche J. 
Houchen then explained the Welfare 
Programme of the Church and exhibi- 
ted some of the goods to be distributed 
within the Mission. 

The London Appreciation Society 
was then taken upstairs to the office 
of the Millennial Star, where Elder 
William R. Callister, Associate Editor, 
briefly told of the history of that 
periodical and presented each member 
of the group with a recent issue of the 
Star. The European Mission Library, 
located in the Millennial Star office, 
was also explained. 

The group was then led across the 
hall to the offices of the Genealogical 
Department of the British Mission. 
Here, James R. Cunningham, Chair- 
man of the Genealogical Board of the 
Mission, explained the function of that 
department and of the nature of the 
vicarious work done in the temples. 

The Recreation Hall was next on the 
tour. Here, Elder Bruce E. Peterson 
told of the M.I.A. programme of the 

—continued on page 32 



MESSAGE from the MISSION PRESIDENCY 




" PURELY the Lord God will do 

•^ nothing, but he revealeth his 

secret unto his servants the 
prophets." (Amos 3: 7) 

We are a people who believe in con- 
tinuing revelation and inspired direc- 
tion from God unto His people through 
His servants the Prophets. 

When the inspiration came for the 
organising of the Mutual Improvement 
Associations it was real, and destined 
to bring forth a glorious fruit to the 
Latter-day Saints. 

The years have come and gone and 
with them a steady and definite pro- 
gress among us toward a fuller under- 
standing of our relations with our 
fellow beings. The refining influence 
of love, mutual helpfulness and appre- 
ciation of achievement have become a 
part of our every-day lives. They have 
contributed much toward the develop- 
ment of our individual and collective 
talents and abilities. 

Real Latter-day Saints are known for 
•their vitality and resourcefulness. In 
no activity has this been more marked 
than in the cultural and recreational 
fields. 

What parent, worthy the name, will 
not hasten to grasp the opportunity to 
have his child benefit from the splendid 
character-building programme of the 



M.I. A? What parent will not afford 
his child every encouragement to attend 
and participate in the glorious fields of 
Bee-hive, Scouting, Junior Girls, Senior 
Scouts, Gleaners, and M Men? What 
Latter-day Saint will permit himself to 
be left out of the Special Interest. 
Programme? 

Your Mission Presidency encourages 
you to partake of the full, bounteous 
fruits of the Gospel. Enrich your life 
and those of your loved ones by making 
the M.I.A. a vital, continuous influence 
for good every week, all the year 
through. We wish every Latter-day 
Saint a Happy New Year, secure in the 
knowledge that those who do lend their 
strength and talents to the things in- 
spired from Gcd will indeed enjoy 
happiness and contentment. 

The theme for this year carries a 
condition and a glorious promise which 
we should each keep before us: "If you 
keep my commandments and endure to 
the end, you shall have eternal life." 
(Doc. and Cov. 14: 7) 







Missionary Activity • 

• Through Basketball 



IT is not an uncommon experience 
for a missionary to Inquire of a 

Saint as to how he or she first came 
in contact with the Church and receive 
the reply, "My introduction to the 
Restored Church was through the old 
Catford Saints' and Rochdale Greys' 
basketball teams." Yes, in years just 
prior to the recent war, many sports- 
minded people throughout Britain were 
acquainted with the members of the 
Latter-day Saint basketball teams, and 
respected their clean living, sportsman- 
ship and their way of life. 

Once again, the missionaries of the 
British Mission are playing basketball. 
The programme is on a reduced scale 



in comparison with pre-war basketball 
activities. There is no one team r« pr< - 
scnting the Mission; but rather, there 
are four or five teams composed of the 
missionaries labouring within those 
particular districts. Then, so that the 
regular missionary activities will not be 
interferred with, games or practices 
have generally been limited to one a 
week. Nevertheless, the teams are 
well-known in sports circles and many 
contacts are being made through this 
programme. 

The London District basketball team 
has been particularly successful. 
Several interesting exhibition and 
demonstration matches have been 




London District Basketball Team 

Front Row, left to right: Archie J. Haskins, Bruce E. Peterson, 

Roydon N. Rice, James L. Mortensen. Back Row, left to right: 

L. Ralph Mecham, Wm. Richard Waite, George T. Choules, and 

George P. Marchant 



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arranged, as well as the regular league 
games. On one occasion last autumn, 
the London Latter-day Saint team 
played the United States Navy basket- 
ball team before a crowd of 700 officers 
and cadets at the Army School of 
Physical Training at Aldershot. An 
announcement was made previous to , 
the game in which the missionaries 
were introduced and their purpose in 
England explained. Another game saw 
the London missionaries matched 
against the R.A.F. team at the Halton 
R.A.F. station before a capacity crowd 
of 1,200. Still another exhibition gams 
was arranged at the Chelsea Barracks 
before fifty directors of London Boys' 
Clubs. 

Locker room conversations and 
literature distributed have attracted 
players from opposing teams and 
basketball officials and fans to branch 
meetings as well as to the London Dis- 
trict Conference. Also through basket- 
ball contacts, cottage meetings have 
been arranged. Four illustrated lec- 
tures were recently presented at the 
Eastbury Schools in Barking by the 
missionaries concerning Mormonism 
and Utah. These arrangements were 
also made possible by basketball games. 
Hosts of friendships have been created 
in the London District through basket- 
ball. 

The Newcastle District team has also 
met with success in basketball activi- 
ties. In an exhibition game at Murton 
Colliery, the Newcastle Elders played 
with the North Shields Y.M.C.A. team 
before a crowd of approximately 10,000 
people. Tournaments have been held 
in Gateshead and North Shields to 
which the missionaries were invited to 
enter a team. Elders George Sonntag 
and Douglas Loosle assisted in a basket- 
ball exhibition in Darlington before a 
large number of Public Education 
Officials. 

In a letter to the Millennial Star 
from Newcastle District, President 
Kenneth M. Oswald writes, "The 
contacts that have been made through 
basketball cannot be enumerated, but 
I will point out two specific cases. On 




Birmingham District Basketball Team 
at half time 

From left to right: Myron Wm, 

Mclntyre, Richard W. Hendricks, 

Melvin A. White, Lamar T. Empey, 

David Wm. Meyer 



November 10th, Elders Capel and 
Curtis were invited to give the closing 
services of the day in the North Shields 
Y.M.C.A. Of course, this gave them 
the opportunity of presenting some of 
our beliefs. I personally feel that our 
influence in that organisation is having 
quite an effect on the people there. 
When we walk into the building, every- 
one seems to want to talk to us, and 
we are made to feel very much at home. 
The friendships that have been won 
cannot be counted. Five young fellows 
have recently attended the Gateshead 
Branch several times. This has been 
a result of contacts made through 
basketball in the Gateshead Y.M.C.A. 
. . . Openings for film shows and other 
meetings have been made through 
basketball." 

The Birmingham Elders have played 
several of the outstanding teams in 
Birmingham, including the Dolobran 
Athletic Club, who has just won the 
right to represent Southern England in 
the Olympic tri.Tls, and the Birming- 
ham University. The Birmingham 
missionar'e^ ar> making the nvst of 
the oppor unties which are prese" ed 
to them and bave distributed literature 
and lent B" r k~ cf Mormon M y 
contact^ have been mad? with " 1 y- 
ers affilat^d wth th~ Binrn ^m 
Un'versity. 



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Missionaries of the Nottingham Dis- 
trict, through their coaching and play- 
ing, have also made numerous friends. 
Cottage meetings have been held as a 
result of these contacts. Much litera- 
ture and several Books of Mormon 
have been distributed through basket- 
ball activity. 

Although the Glasgow Latter-day " 
Saint basketball team has been or- 
ganised just a short time, several con- 
tacts have been made. In their one 
game this season, the Scottish Elders 
played against the University of 
Glasgow. 

Basketball activity in the Sheffield 
District has been very limited, but 
some friendships have been made 
through coaching activities. 

Scores of the games played in the 
various Districts to date are as follows: 

London. — L.D.S. 27, U.S. Navy 12; 
L.D.S. 24. Dartford 20; L.D.S. 42, Halton 
R.A.F. 18; L.D.S. 39, London Central 
Y.M.C.A. 34; L.D.S. 52, U.S. Navy 15; 
L.D.S. 48, Polish Students 27; L.D.S. 
58, U.S. Navy 25; L.D.S. 61, Latvians 
22; L.D.S. 43, Oxford University 12; 
L.D.S. 47, London Polytechnic 17; 
L.D.S. 74, London Central Y.M.C.A. 24. 

Newcastle. — L.D.S. 46, Sunderland 

Y.M.C.A. 8; L.D.S. 17, North Shields 

Y.M.C.A. 8; L.D.S. 27, Gateshead 

Y.M.C.A. 11; L.D.S. 19, Sunderland 

Y.M.C.A. 3; L.D.S. 18, North Shields 

Y.M.C.A. 8; L.D.S. 23, Gateshead 

Y.M.C.A. 4. 

Birmingham. — L.D.S. 50. Old Norton- 
ians 27; L.D.S. 39, Stretchford 7 
L.D.S. 45, Birmingham University 30 
L.D.S. 49, Birmingham Y.M.C.A. 14 



H _ 










WVk iJM 



Newcastle District Basketball Team 

Front Row from left to right: Douglas 
W. Loosle. George T. Sonntag, 
Kenneth M. Oswald. Back Row from 
left to right: Bruce R. Curtis, John H. 
Gray, and Neal C. Capel 



L.D.S. 64, Birmingham Athletic Insti- 
tute 10; L.D.S. 37, Dolobran Athletic 
Club 19. 

Nottingham. — L.D.S. 27, Nottingham 
Y.M.C.A. 24; L.D.S. 20, Nottingham 
Y.M.C.A. 12; L.D.S. 28, Nottingham 
Y.M.C.A. 23. 

Scottish.— L.D.S. 48, University of 
Glasgow 43. 

And so we see that basketball is play- 
ing a great part in bringing the Gospel 
before many people. The good sports- 
manship and abundant energy of team 
members is leaving an impression for 
good wherever they play. Although 
the winter basketball season is yet 
young, and the elders' basketball time 
is limited, great interest has been 
aroused in the Latter-day Saint teams 
and a most encouraging future awaits 
them. 



SCHEDULE OF DISTRICT CONFERENCES-Spring Session 



February 22nd 
February 29th 
March 7th 
March 14th 
March 21st - 
March 28th - 
April 4th 



Sheffield 

Birmingham 

Norwich 

Bristol 

Newcastle 

- Irish 

Leeds 



April 11th 
April 18th 
April 25th 
May 2nd ■ 
May 9th 
May 16th 
May 23rd 



- Welsh 

Hull 

Scottish 

- Liverpool 

Manchester 

- London 

Nottingham 



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Welsh District Advancing 



This is the thirteenth in a series of 
of articles concerning the various 
Districts of the British Mission. 
Lorry E. Rytting writes the following 
report concerning the Welsh District: 

• 

AT a time when the spiritual and 
religious life of the Welsh 
people is at an alarmingly low 
ebb, the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints is regaining its foot- 
hold in several areas of Wales, and the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ is once more 
being carried to them. 

Wales, which has long been a centre 
of intense religious activity, and the 
home of a deeply religious people, is 
finding its churches in a somewhat 
dormant state, as far as any effect on 
the daily lives of the people is con- 
cerned. This condition is found to 
exist in the established, as well as the 
non-conformist groups. The support 
and activity of the present few stal- 
wart members compares rather sorrow- 
fully with recent years when the 
Church was the centre of communal 
activity, and the very basis of personal 
standards and ideals. 

The Saints and missionaries find the 
greatest barrier to the preaching of 
the Gospel to be not intolerance, as 
has sometimes been the case, but a 
cold, bland indifference to religious 
systems of any kind. Yet, in the face 
of such conditions, there exists in the 
hearts of these people a yearning for 
the truth, a longing for a tangible faith 
in "the immortality and eternal life of 
man." This mission the Restored 
Church is here to perform. 

The open-air meetings have attracted 
crowds of young people who have no 
basic Christian sentiments or knowl- 
edge, and therefore feel a lack of the 
moral and spiritual principles which 
are so desperately needed in the world 
today. 

Under these conditions the Welsh 
District is renewing its efforts in "seek- 
ing the Kingdom of God and his 
righteousness." The keynote for the 



past ten months has been "fully and 
efficiently organised auxiliaries." Under 
the able direction of President George 
Q. Bennett and Sister Elva A. Bennett, 
the missionaries, local priesthood, and 
members have laid a foundation on the 
cornerstones of faith, hope, love, and a 
desire for good from which the light of 
the Restored Gospel is shining forth, 
and the Church programme has taken 
on much life. 

The September conference was an 
indication of the fruits of this theme. 
The meetings were well attended by 
members and friends. A wonderful 
spirit of love and friendship prevailed, 
and the words of counsel given by the 
speakers will long be a source of in- 
spiration to those in attendance. 

Three of the four branches in Wales 
are organised and progressing rapidly. 
The branches are located at Cardiff, 
Varteg, Merthyr Tydfil, and Pontllan- 
fraith. All but one are under the 
supervision of local priesthood. The 
auxiliary organisations are building up 
well, and the future looks promising. 
The Relief Society has made the great- 
est strides of advancement, with the 
M.I.A. and Primary also forging ahead. 

Goodwill and support from the 
leaders of various cities are proving a 
boon to the missionary work in Wales, 
which is progressing regularly. The 
missionaries have met with fine recep- 
tions in the homes, and the Gospel is 
being preached in homes, on the street, 
and through various clubs and organi- 
sations. Cottage meetings are on the 
increase, and the Church is winning 
friends quickly. Through close follow- 
up work and well organised branches, 
much success should come from the 
labours in Wales. 

And so, at the beginning of the New 
Year, the opening of North Wales to 
missionary work is an indication of the 
programme of advancement and expan- 
sion now in effect. The future looks 
bright, and the possibilities are un« 
limited, so keep your eyes on the Welsh 
District! 



13 



THE CHURCH AND THE PRESS 




N BRITAIN 



THE following are excerpts from 
recent publications in Great 
Britain pertinent to the Church: 

Sunday Express (London) 

"SALT LAKE CITY HAS ITS 100TH 
EIRTHDAY— BORN OUT OF ONE OF 
THE GREAT DRAMAS OF HISTORY." 

By George Edinger 

FOUR thousand feet above the sea, 
rimm?d by mountains three times 
that height, laid out in ten-acre blocks 
of granite houses sparkling in the 
crisp air, and parted by streets 132 feet 
wide, Salt Lake City last week celebra- 
ted the hundredth year of its existence. 

It is the largest city between the 

Rocky Mountains and the Pacific; the 

cleanest, the clearest town in the 
United States. 

With its population of 180.000; its 
university of 2,600 students and its 132 
churches, this capital of the State of 
Utah has become a junction of three 
railways, four airlines and four main 
roads. 

THE TEMPLE 

But the monument which makes it 
unlike any other city is the temple, 
Which, lik? the mosques of North 
Africa, is barred to all but the faithful. 

It is of grey granite. Th? walls are 



six feet thick. The tallest of its six 
spins rises 220 feet high, crowned by a 
copper statue of the Angel Moroni. 

The temple took just forty years 
(1853-93) to build, and it ifl the mother 
church of a million men and women 
scattered throughout the world, nine- 
tenths of them congregated in Utah. 

There are no startling differences 
between the Mormons and other 
Christian communities now. 

The most sensational Mormon tenet, 
polygamy, remained part of the faith 
for only forty years (roughly the years 
that covered the building of the 
temple). It was never practised by 
more than three Mormons in 100. 

BEGAN IN 1827 ' 

The astonishing feature of the Mor- 
mon faith is not its doctrine, but its 
history. There is no history like it in 
the world. 

In 1827. Britain, triumphantly past 
the ordeal of Napoleon's wars, was, in 
the seventh year of the fourth King 
George, settling confidently to a new 
prosperity. 

But in 1827 the United States, 
hemmed between the Atlantic and the 
Indian hunting grounds, was a land 
where men dreamed • dreams and saw 
visions. 

One such visionary — there were 
many — was a twenty-two year old, tall, 
wavy-headed ploughboy in New York 
State. 

His name was Joseph Smith, and to 
Joseph Smith the Angel Moroni, whose 
statue cnowns the Utah Temple, re- 
vealed, in 1827, the sacred books of an 
ancient race that had, he said, peopled 
America when the Tower of Babel was 
built . . . 



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STATE OUTRAGED 

But the people of his State were 
first amused, then incredulous, then 
outraged. New York State became too 
hot to hold him. 

He moved over to what was then the 
western borderland of Ohio, where he 
founded the Church of Latter-day 
Saints at Far West (now Kerr), in 
Jackson Country, in 1837. 

Life was not easy. Armed bands 
tried to stop Mormons voting at elec- 
tions. There was bloodshed on both 
sides — the Government interferred. 

Far West was occupied by the State 
Militia and the leaders of Mormonism 
arrested. 

They contrived to escape, and their 
congregations were still swelling. But 
life in Ohio was intolerable for them 
now. 

In the middle of the Winter of 1838, 
15,000 Mormons trekked over to Illinois, 
where they founded the city of Nauvoo. 

At first they were tolerated, even 
welcomed by rival politicians contend- 
ing for the Mormon vote . . . 

But in his city of Nauvoo, Smith was 
absolute. He could not be dislodged 
short of civil war. 

PRISON STORMED 

Thomas Ford, Governor of Illinois, 
tried to mediate. He summoned 
Joseph, his brother Hyrum, and two 
other leaders to the State capital at 
Carthage, to answer the charges made 
against them, pledging his honour that 
they should be unharmed. 

There they waited in the June of 
1844 in jail till they should be heard. 

On the night of the 27th, a mob of 
200, with blackened faces, stormed the 
prison. Joseph was shot trying to 
climb through a window. Hyrum also 
was killed. 

So the prophet was slain. But a new 



prophet arose; a second Moses to lead 
his people to the promised land. 

His name was Brigham Young. He 
was a big, broad-shouldered carpenter 
from Vermont. His followers called 
him "The Lion of the Lord." 

CROSSED MISSISSIPPI 

Twenty thousand men, women and 
children crossed over the ice-strewn 
Mississippi. It was their Red Sea . . . 

They dragged their 1,800 over-loaded 
wagons across snow-covered, rain- 
soaked Iowa, leaving little settlements 
as they went, sowing corn for those to 
follow. 

In June, 1846 the vanguard passed 
over the Mississippi, the boundary of 
the United States, and into the un- 
known lands of the Red Indians, where 
the elk and the buffalo roamed over 
many rh.Ies that no white man had 
seen. 

Brigham Young went ahead with 143 
men, three women and two children. 

Advance parties followed to build 
forts and man them, to plant crops 
along the trail, to ring the grazing 
ground with wagons. 

At night they sang hymns to Captain 
Pitt's brass band, converted en masse 
in England. 

In their covered wagons, drawn by 
mules and oxen, they carried teeds, 
implements, a year's supply of food, a 
precious hoard of gunpowder and nut- 
meg to trade with the Red Man. 

They journeyed over a thousand 
miles, often hungry, always tired, leav- 
ing their martyrs as they went, martyrs 
to weariness and weather and the 
Indians' arrows. 

And they got through. 

They got through because they 
trusted blindly in their prophet, Brig- 
ham Young, in the Gospel graven on 
the golden tablets, in the word of the 
Lord directly made manifest to those 
who guided them. 

—continued on page 31 



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1 947- A YEAR OF PROGRESS 



PERHAPS no other mission in the Church has a more colourful 
and more soul-inspiring history than that of the British 
Mission. In its 110 years of existence, the Mission has under- 
gone periods of prosperity. There are cases on record of 
preachers and their entire congregations being converted to 
the teachings of the Restored Gospel. Then there have been 
times when it appeared that because of bitter persecutions and of 
the emigrations of many of the stalwarts of the British Mission, 
that the very life blood of the Mission had been sapped; that its 
continued existence was somewhat doubtful. Through it all, the 
British Mission has carried on and has produced many outstanding 
members of the Church. 

As we begin the year, 1948, let us pause and look back over the 
past year, 1947, and determine its significance in the annals of the 
British Mission. 

At the beginning of 1947, there were but forty-eight active 
branches in the Mission. Several of these had just previously been 
opened. The auxiliary programmes of several of the branches were 
not in operation and others had been organised only a short time. 
1947 marked the opening of fourteen new branches, making a total 
of sixty-two branches in the British Mission. The number of 
auxiliary organisations created during the year, 1947, is sixty-two. 

1947 has witnessed a sharp growth in the Mission Sunday Schools. 
An average of over 1,100 persons now attend British Mission Sunday 
Schools each week. Successful Sunday School Conventions have 
been held for all districts in the mission, resulting in continued 
increasing activity. The Relief Society of the British Mission has 
also made rapid progress during the past year. Several new 
organisations have been created in 1947. 

The M.I.A. and Primary organisations have also progressed greatly 
during the past year. Successful conventions are now being held 
throughout the districts. New organisations have been created in 
both departments. The Scouting programme for boys has expanded 
rapidly during 1947. 

Missionary activity for the past year has been most successful. 
Missionaries from all districts have reported good results in their 
labours. Many valuable contacts have been made. The Gospel has 
been preached to thousands of people during the past' year through 
open-air meetings, tracting, cottage and investigator meetings, slide 
lectures, and in many other ways. Two elders have presented a 

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combined motion-picture and lecture, nightly, to groups of college 
students, businessmen, Toc-H and Y.M.C.A. organisations, and other 
groups throughout Great Britain, with most encouraging results. 

The number of baptisms for the year, 1947, recorded at the time 
of this printing is 208. According to Mission statistics, this is the 
highest number of persons baptised in a single year in the past 
fifteen years. 

In spite of nearly 200 emigrations of members during the year, 
attendance at all meetings throughout the Mission has increased 
sharply. A large number of friends and investigators are in attend- 
ance at the meetings as well as many previously inactive members. 
Records of several branches show that the average attendance at 
Sacrament Meetings has doubled over the average of the previous 
year. 

Attendances at district conferences have also increased greatly. 
Several conferences during the year have had more than 200 persons 
in attendance and one conference had more than 300 persons 
present. The Mission-wide conference held at Bradford was an 
outstanding success and more than 1,150 persons were in attendance, 
almost doubling the figure of those in attendance at the previous 
Mission-wide conference. 

During the year, 1947, the Church has purchased four new pieces 
of property for use as chapels and district headquarters. These 
purchases include properties at Barnsley, Manchester, Dewsbury, 
and Belfast. These new chapels, along with several buildings which 
have been remodelled and redecorated, have helped greatly in the 
present campaign to secure more desirable meeting places for the 
Saints of Britain. 

The Mission, this year, has received some of the most favourable 
publicity in its history. Several nationally read publications have 
printed interesting and accurate articles concerning the Mormon 
Church and its people. Local newspapers in some cities have pub- 
lished accounts of the district conferences, and still others have 
printed the activities of the missionaries in their vicinity. 

And so from this summary, we see that 1947 has, indeed, been a 
banner year. The Church in Britain is in a healthy condition. The 
prospects for the future are exceedingly bright. There are still 
many honest-in-heart in Great Britain who are in search of the 
truth. May we as Saints and missionaries of the British Mission 
avail ourselves of the opportunities which confront us and put forth 
our best efforts in the work of the Lord here in Great Britain 
throughout 1948. — William R. Callister 

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"FAMILY HOUR" ENCOURAGED 
IN WARDS OF ZION. — The First 
Presidency, the Council of the Twelve 
and the Presiding Bishopric are en- 
couraging "family hours" to to be held 
in the homes of all Latter-day Saints 
in all the wards of the Church. The 
purpose of the "family hour" is to 
"unify the family and enhance 
ennobling family relationships; to 
stimulate the teaching of the Gospel, 
thereby strengthening testimonies of 
individual members; and to strengthen 
the moral and cultural influence in the 
home, and give the children an oppor- 
tunity for self-expression." 

NORTHWESTERN STATES MIS- 
SION PRESIDENT NAMED. — A new 

mission president of the Northwestern 
States Mission has just been appointed 
by the First Presidency to succeed 
President Samuel E. Bringhurst. The 
new mission head is President Joel- 
Richards, a former bishep of the 
Twenty-seventh Ward and high 
councilman of the Ensign and Emigra- 
tion Stakes. President Richards served 
as a missionary to Great Britain from 
1910 to 1913, during which time he pre- 
sided over the Liverpool Conference. 
He will leave shortly for Portland, 
Oregon, Northwestern States Mission 
Headquarters. President Richards will 
be accompanied by his wife, Sister 
Georgina Felt Richards. 

PRESIDENT SMITH'S PORTRAIT 
COMPLETED.— A portrait of President 
George Albert Smith, begun shortly 
after he became president of the 



World 

Church News 



Church, is now completed. The artist, 
Lo" Greene Richards of Salt Lake City, 
is one of the outstanding portrait 
painters in the United States. The 
portrait is the property <»f the Zion's 
Savings Bank and Trust Company. It 
will hang with the portraits of the 
later Presidents, Heb. r J. Grant and 
Joseph F. Smith. 

NEW CHURCH LITERATURE. — 

Another new book concerning the Res- 
tored Gospel has just recently been re- 
leased for sale. This new work is en- 
titled, "The Gospel Plan," by Milton 
Jenkins Jones. It is a pocket size 
handbook of the Gospel and includes 
a collection of scriptures in proper 
relation to each other. Treated in 
their order are such subjects as The 
Gospel Plan, the Pre-Spirit World, 
Spirit World, The Creation, Mortality. 
Temporal Death, Paradise and Prison, 
First Resurrection, the Millennium, 
War, Second Resurrection and Final 
Judgment, Second Death, Telestial 
Kingdom, Terrestial Kingdom, Celes- 
tial Kingdom, and Forever and Ever. 

"INSTRUCTORS" BOUND BY 
SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD. — The 

general board of the Deseret Sunday 
School Union has offered to bind 
without charge one volume of 1947 "In- 
structors" and one volume of teacher's 
supplements for any ward or branch 
submitting a complete number of either 
or both to the Library Department of 
the Deseret Sunday School Union. 
59 North Main Street, Salt Lake City. 
1 Utah, U.S.A. "Instructors" should be 
properly arranged with the January 
issue on the top and December issue 
on the bottom. Supplements should 
begin with the first intermediate 
supplement on top and the Gospel 
Doctrine booklet on the bottom. Each 
bound volume will contain an index 
and the name of the organisation en- 
graved on the cover. These must be 
sent in before July 1st, 1948. 




BERLIN CONFERENCE ATTRACTS 

2,000. — A conference of the Berlin Dis- 
trict of the East German Mission at- 
tracted 2,000 people November 23rd. 
Meetings were held in the "Deutsche 
Staatsoper," which was built by Hitler. 
Presidents Alma Sonne, Walter Stover, 
and Jean Wunderlich, and German 
and Russian officers were in attend- 
ance. President Sonne reports: "A 
choir of 120 voices, accompanied by a 
fine orchestra, furnished the music. 
The vast audience was held spellbound 
by the rendition." 

PRESIDENT SONNE VISITS GER- 
MAN, SWISS, & FRENCH MISSIONS. 
— While in Berlin, President Sonne 
met with local missionaries of the East 
German Mission. He also stopped at 
Frankfort am Main, the headquarters 
of the West German Mission, and 
Karlsruhe, where a mid-afternoon 
meeting was attended by 362 people. 
Thanksgiving, an old American cus- 
tom, was enjoyed at the Swiss Mission 
home in Basel, with President and 
Sister Scott Taggart. Following con- 
ferences in Basel on Church Welfare 
matters, President Sonne left with 
Sister Sonne and Elder Bennett, who 
had come from London, and President 
Stover, for Geneva, the new head- 
quarters of the French Mission. While 
in Geneva, conferences were held with 
officials of the Centre d'Entraide Inter- 



Church in Europe 

nationale, and with President and 
Sister James L. Barker of the French 
Mission. Meetings were attended in 
Geneva, and in Lausanne. The French 
mission now has the largest number of 
missionaries in its history, 75, and 
President Barker is optimistic about 
current and future prospects. 

MISSIONARIES NOW IN ANT- 
WERP, BELGIUM. — Activities of the 
Netherlands Mission have been carried 
to Antwerp, Belgium. Four mission- 
aries have recently been assigned there. 
Others from the Netherlands Mission 
will later be assigned to additional 
areas in Flemish Belgium. 

CZECHOSLOVAKIA CONFERENCE 

SUCCESSFUL.— Under the direction of 
President Wallace F. Toronto of the 
Czechoslovakian Mission, a conference 
was held in Brno recently. President 
Toronto presented a Book of Mormon 
to the mayor of Brno, who assured 
Church members of their welcome in 
that city. The event was the first post- 
war conference the Church has held in 
Czechoslovakia. Jovial and industri- 
ous, President Toronto also has more 
missionaiies than his mission has had 
before. He is doing an excellent job of 
publicising the Church "in the heart 
of Europe." 

OSLO CONFERENCE FEATURES 
CONCERT. — The Oslo Choir, one of 
the finest in the Church, was featured 
at the recent conference of the Oslo 
District in the Norwegian Mission. On 
the Saturday before the conference 
sessions, the Choir presented a concert 
at which several of Norway's outstand- 
ing musicians performed. Conference 
sessions attracted capacity crowds. 

WELFARE SUPPLIES GO 
THROUGHOUT EUROPE. — During 
1947 the Church sent food and cloth- 
ing to Germany, Austria, Belgium, 
France, Holland, Poland, Syria, 
Lebanon, and Finland. Clothing was 
also sent to Britain and Norway. Each 
ward, stake atfd mission in the United 
States and the Canadian Mission con- 
tributed to the programme. 



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ARRIVALS AND ASSIGNMENTS 



The following missionaries arrived in 
Great Britain on December 5th aboard 
the "Queen Mary": 

Elder NOBLE VOLNEY KING of 

Gilbert, Arizona, was assigned to 
labour in the Nottingham District. 

Elder LESTER ROSS WHITTAKER 

of Salt Lake City, Utah, was assigned 
to labour in the Birmingham District. 

Elder JOHNATHAN BENNETT of 

Holden, Utah, was assigned to labour 
in the Birmingham District. 

Elder VERNON COLE YOUNG of 

Salt Lake City, Utah, was assigned to 
labour in the Scottish District. 

Elder WILLIS ARIEL ROBINSON 

of Salt Lake City, Utah, was assigned 
to labour in the Scottish District. 

Elder GEORGE THOMAS CHOULES 

of Driggs, Idaho, was assigned to labour 
in the London District. 



The following missionaries arrived in 
Great Britain on December 15th aboard 
the "America": 

Elder VERNAL L. BOWDEN of Day- 
ton, Idaho, was assigned to labour in 
the Manchester District. 

Elder JAMES H. GILBERT of Ban- 
croft, Idaho, was assigned to labour in 
the London District. 

Elder ROBERT D. PARRY of Salt 
Lake City, Utah, was assigned to labour 
in the Welsh District. 

Elder ERNEST M. W. JONES of Los 

Angeles, California, was assigned to 
labour in the Welsh District. 

Elder MICHAEL BARCLAY of Black- 
foot, Idaho, was assigned to labour in 
the London District. 

The following missionary arrived in 
Great Britain from the Swiss-Austrian 
Mission on December 16th: 

Elder ROYAL R. MESERVY of St. 

Anthony, Idaho, was assigned to labour 
in the Liverpool District. 




APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSFERS 



Elder ROYDEN N. RICE was trans- 
ferred from the London District to the 
Manchester District on December 17th. 

Sister MARION ALLEN was trans- 
ferred from the Welsh District to the 
London Mission Office on December 
29th. 

Sister NANCY TENNEY was trans- 
ferred on December 29th from the 



Welsh District to the Birmingham 
District. 

Elder CLARENCE R. CAMPBELL 

was transferred from the Birmingham 
District to the Welsh District on 
December 1st. 

Elder VAUGHAN TERRY was trans- 
ferred from the Nottingham District 
to the Welsh District on December 1st. 



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RELEASES 



Elder WILLIAM C. STONE was re- 
leased as a missionary to the British 
Mission on December 4th. He has 
served in the Bristol, London, Man- 
chester, and Welsh Districts. Elder 
Stone served as District President in 
the Manchester District. 



Elder ARTHUR V. NETTLESHIP 
and Sister GLADYS NETTLESHIP 

were released as missionaries to the 
British Mission on December 9th. 
They have served in the London and 
Hull Districts. Elder Nettleship served 
as District President in the Hull District. 




DISTRICT ACTIVITIES 



BIRMINGHAM DISTRICT 

Reported by E. John S. Jorte* 

A concert was held in the Birming- 
ham Branch Chapel on Saturday, 
November 29th, in honour of the thirty 
members who are leaving for America 
in the near future. Sketches were pre- 
sented by members of the Birmingham 
and Kidderminster Branches and piano 
renderings by Joy and Raymond 
Horner. The Birmingham Latter-day 
Saint Scout Troop made a presentation 
to Scoutmaster Arthur Fisher, who is 
one of the emigrants. Frederick Webb 
gave a few remarks of appreciation for 
the fine work done by District President 
Charles L. Norton. A very pleasant 
surprise was the presence of President 
and Sister Selvoy J. Boyer. President 
Boyer offered words of advice to those 
who were about to leave. There were 
110 persons present. 

President and Sister Boyer were the 
speakers at Birmingham Branch the 
following Sunday at Sacrament Meet- 
ing, which was attended by 102 persons. 

Due to the large number of Saints 
in the Birmingham Branch scheduled 
to emigrate to America in the near 
future, the following reorganisation 
was effected: Frederick Webb, E. John 
S. Jones and Walter Green were 
sustained as First and Second Coun- 
sellors and Branch Clerk, respectively, 
in the Birmingham Branch Presidency, 
and William L. Buchanan, Frederick 
Webb, and E. John S. Jones were re- 
leased as First and Second Counsellors 
and Branch Clerk, respectively; Mary 



Joseph, Eugenie St. John Yates and 
Olive Millward were sustained as Presi- 
dent and First and Second Counsellors, 
respectively, in the Y.W.M.I.A., and 
Gwendoline Maguire, Mary Joseph, 
and Megan Forward were released as 
President and First and Second Coun- 
sellors, respectively; George A. Dyson 
was sustained as Scoutmaster and 
Arthur Fisher was released from that 
office; Philip Craig and Hannah Jevons 
were sustained as Assistants to the 
Branch Genealogical Director. 

On Saturday, December 6th, Kath- 
leen Grundy of the Birmingham 
Branch was baptised by George R. 
Grundy and confirmed by Elder David 
Meyer. 

BRISTOL DISTRICT 

Reported by Frances B. Herman 

On Friday, November 21st, members 
of the Primary gave a farewell party 
to Muriel and Audrey Beams. Both 
sisters have always taken a great in- 
terest in the children's activities. Many 
favourite songs were sung. The even- 
ing was concluded with the presenta- 
tion of gifts. 

On Saturday, November 29th, a 
Thanksgiving Dinner was organised by 
the Relief Society sisters. This excel- 
lent meal of chicken (with appropriate 
trimmings) was enjoyed by the thirty 
people present. The dinner was fol- 
lowed by community singing and a 
very amusing quiz. The entire even- 
ing proved to be very successful and 
enjoyable. 



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LEEDS DISTRICT 

Reported by Ralph Jack 

The Relief Society bazaar of the 

Leeds District held on November 22nd 
In the Bradford Chapel recreation hall 
Included the display and sale of nearly 
a thousand articles. Among the items 
sold were blankets and quilts, chil- 
dren's and adults' clothing, household 
items, tea and dinner sets, serviettes, 
scarves and doilies, bath and tea 
towels, sewing sets, and refreshments. 
The accompanying programme was 
conducted by Mary G. Walker, Leeds 
District Relief Society Supervisor. The 
entire District was represented with 
readings, musical numbers, and quizzes. 
Nearly 200 persons were in attendance 
during the course of the day. The 
bazaar was most successful in meeting 
the objectives set by the Relief Society. 

Gordon F. Kendall was sustained as 
President of the Leeds Branch, Novem- 
ber 9th, upon the reorganisation of the 
branch. Sustained as counsellors were 
Samuel Mitchell and Elder Connel M. 
Whitehead. Frank Hopwood was sus- 
tained as Branch Clerk. 

Impetus was given the M.I.A. and 
Primary organisations of the District 
by the convention conducted December 
3rd at the District headquarters. Rep- 
resenting the Mission and auxiliary 
presidencies were President and Sister 
Wallace R. Reid, and Sisters Blanche 
Houchen and Edith Mullinger. Over 
forty District and branch officers and 
teachers attended the convention. In- 
struction and aids in carrying out the 
two programmes were well received 
and are being acted upon throughout 
the branches of the District. 

A "sociability night" is the Dewsbury 
Branch chapel was held on November 
26 th to promote social activity and in- 
terest in the joint M.I.A. programmes 
during the winter season. Entertain- 
ment consisted of games, campfire 
songs and a musical programme, fol- 
lowed by refreshments. 

Bradford Branch M.I.A. has com- 
pleted its organisation with the Special 
Interest classes now being held. This 
is in addition to the MMen, Gleaner, 



Bee-hive, and Scouting departments 
that have been functioning since 
autumn. 

Cottage meetings for investigators of 
the Church are conducted weekly by 
Elders Hal K. Campbell and Oliver J. 
Bennett, who are labouring in the Dews- 
bury Branch. Interest in the doctrine 
and teachings of the Church is high, 
and the number regularly attending is 
increasing. The number of investiga- 
tors who are becoming active in 
various branch meetings is accordingly 
increasing. 

Fireside meetings of the Dewsbury 
Branch are now being held each Sun- 
day evening in various homes. Regular 
study courses include the Book of 
Mormon and special programmes are 
held monthly. 

The teacher-training programme of 
the Mission is being followed in the 
Leeds District under the direction of 
William C. McCormick. 

Children's Christmas parties have 
been held throughout the District in 
connection with the Relief Societies 
and Sunday Schools. For Christmas 
the District Headquarters is being 
decorated and caroling parties are 
planned for Christmas Eve. 

LIVERPOOL DISTRICT 

Reported by Howard C. Macfarlano 

On Sunday, November 16th, a bap- 
tismal service was held in the Burnley 
Branch Chapel. Four persons were 
baptised by Elder John N. Cannon. 
They were Florence Beatrice Webster, 
Jean Beresford Brodie, Margaret Mary 
Nutter and Enid Margaret Corless. 
They were confirmed members of the 
Church by Elder Clifton R. McBride, 
District President Roy Wood. Elder 
Blair MaxfieW, and Elder Lysle G. 
Munns, respectively. All four are from 
the Preston Branch. 

A similar service took place on Mon- 
day, November 24th, in Liverpool, at 
the Dovecot Baths. The following 
persons were baptised by Elder Howard 
C. Macfarlane: Gerald Devereaux, 
Brian Middleton, John James, Stanley 



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Challis and Raymond Hill. They were 
confirmed by Elders Weston N. 
Christensen, Charles A. Edwards, Lysle 
G. Munns, C. Norman Gardner and 
Clifton R. McBiide. 

On Saturday, December 6th, Wigan 
Branch Relief Society conducted a very 
successful sale of works. This ter- 
minated several months' preparation on 
the part of the sisters of that branch, 
The results were most satisfactory. 

The monthly District Union Meeting 
was held in the Preston Meeting Hall. 
Seventy people were present at this 
fine gathering and a beautiful spirit 
was felt by all present. Included in 
the programme of these meetings is a 
social and a teacher training class. 

A special meeting was called for 
workers in the Primary and M.I.A. of 
the Liverpool District. Present from 
the London Office was President and 
Sister Wallace R. Reid, and Sister 
Blanche Houchen. Much useful in- 
struction was received for the better- 
ment of these auxiliaries. 

Prom all indications, the holiday 
season will be full of activities on all 
sides. We of the Liverpool District 
extend a joyous Season's Greeting to 
friends and Saints in Britain and the 
world. 

LONDON DISTRICT 

Reported by Ruth Millard 

On November 25th, an M.I.A. social 
and bazaar was held in aid of the 
funds for the Branch Sunday School 
and Primary Christmas party of the 
Gravesend Branch. The sum of £5 
was raised from the sale of toys and 
refreshments which were made and 
prepared by members and friends of 
the Branch. The M.I.A. is especially 
grateful for the help of Mr. A. Wells. 

The Gravesend M.I.A. members 
visited the Methodist Chapel on No- 
vember 28th to compete in indoor 
games. Although the results of the 
games were not in their favour, several 
Gospel conversations were held and 
an enjoyable evening was had. 

The St. Albans Relief Society held. a 



special women's meeting at the Central 
Hall on November 20th. Sisters Leona 
B. Sonne and Gladys S. Boyer, Presi- 
dents of the European and British Mis- 
sion Relief Societies, respectively, and 
the members of the British Mission 
Relief Society Board were all present. 
The meeting was conducted by Con- 
stance L. Chipping, St. Albans Branch 
Relief Society President. Total attend- 
ance was twenty-seven, including ten 
visitors who were extremely interested 
in the work. 

St. Albans Branch has now organised 
a "teacher-training" class. Teachers in 
the Luton and North London Branches 
are invited to attend. The first meet- 
ing will be held at 7.30 p.m. on January 
5th, and on every other Monday there- 
after. Elder Robert E. Riggs will con- 
duct the lesson period. 

A Relief Society bazaar was held on 
November 29th at the South London 
Branch. Sister Blanche Houchen gave 
a short address and announced the 
opening of the bazaar. Maude Hawkes, 
of the Relief Society Board, presented 
Albert Willmott with a book as a token 
of gratitude for the work he has done 
in the Branch. Flowers were presented 
to Sisters Houchen, Maud Hawkes, and 
Gladys A. Millard by Ann Mead. The 
articles on sale were made by Relief 
Society sisters and members of the 
priesthood. More than 100 people 
attended. 

A Boy Scout 
Troop is being 
formed in the 
South London 
Branch with 
Robert Mil- 
lard as scout- 
master. The 
troop will 
officially be known as the 13th Balham 
and Tooting Troop. Many activities 
are being planned for the year. 

Baptismal services were held on No- 
vember 29th at the South London 
Branch chapel. The following persons 
were baptised by Elder William R. 
Waite: Mary Cunningham, who was 
confirmed by Elder Archie J. Haskins, 




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Stanley G. Milton, confirmed by James 
R. Cunningham, Lillian B. Golding, 
confirmed by Fred Beckingham, and 
Paul G. Dyer, confirmed by Branch 
President Frank Smith. Victor D. 
Palmer was baptised by Victor L. 
Palmer. Gravcsend Branch President, 
and confirmed by Elder William R. 
Callister. 

Frederick ^George Neal was set apart 
as Catford Branch President on No- 
vember 23rd, replacing David W. Will- 
mot, who recently emigrated to Canada. 

MANCHESTER DISTRICT 

Reported by Norman T. Woodhead 

At Denton on November 29th, the 
first District Union Meeting to be held 
in the area of Manchester for over six 
years was convened at the new District 
Headquarters. 

On November 1st, a Halloween party 
was sponsored by the M.I.A. in the 
Oldham Chapel. Fancy dress was worn 
by those in attendance. Dorothy Bow- 
yer and Mr. Robinson won the prizes. 

On Sunday, November 16th, Sunday 
School and Sacrament Meetings were 
held in the new hall obtained by the 
Hyde Branch. District President 
Bruerton presided over the Sacrament 
Services and Branch President Albert 
Woodruff conducted. Both services 
were well attended. 

On November 26th, the Stockport 
Branch held the first M.I.A. meeting of 
the season. It was under the direction 
of Elders Charles E. Scott and Frank 
P. Reese, who had a carefully planned 
programme arranged which was en- 
joyed by all in attendance. Twenty- 
people attended, ten of whom were 
investigators. A fine spirit prevails in 
Stockport and a successful season of 
M.I.A. activity is anticipated. Elder 
Reese has a Primary of eleven young 
boys organised, and a series of social 
events are being planned for the future. 
After only a few months of missionary 
activities, results are most favourable. 

On November 22nd, a box supper was 
held in Rochdale under the direction 
of the M.I.A. Herbert Woodhead acted 
as M.C. and organised the programme. 



On Dec< mber 6lh. a Christmas Fair 
(Sale of Work) was held by the Relief 
Society, assisted by all the auxiliaries 
of the Branch. Many beautiful pres- 
ents were on sale. The Relief Society's 
and Gleaner Girls' stalls contained 
articles they had made and acquired 
during the past twelve months. 

The Sunday School's and M Men's 
stall contained household utensils of a 
wide variety. The Branch Presidency 
organised a flower stall. A cafe was 
run by the Relief Society and James T. 
Barwick had a hot dog stall. The 
proceeds are for the Welfare Project. 

NEWCASTLE DISTRICT 

Reported by Joyce H. TiRen 

The Newcastle District M.I.A. Con- 
vention was held in West Hartlepool 
Chapel on December 1st. Twenty- 
seven Mutual officers and thirteen 
Primary Mothers enjoyed the meet- 
ings and gained much counsel and 
advice from President and Sister 
Wallace R. Reid and Sister Edith 
Mullinger. 

On December 10th, West Hartlepool 
held a "beetle drive," which proved 
such a success that it was repeated the 
following evening for the older people. 

On October 4th, Eric Wayne Richard- 
son and Thomas Weatherhead of 
Middlesborough were baptised by Elder 
Dean U. Ottley. Eric W. Richardson 
was confirmed by Elder Guy L. Merk- 
ley, and Thomas Weatherhead by Elder 
Ottley. Middlesborough, which was re- 
opened last August, has developed into 
a fast growing branch, and with lots of 
young people, M.I.A. is functioning in 
fine style under the capable leadership 
of Derek Harland. 

On November 8th, preceding the 
Branch Conference, a concert was pre- 
sented by the Saints and friends of the 
Sunderland Branch. Compere of this 
enjoyable evening was Branch Presi- 
dent Frederick W. Oates. 

Sunderland Branch Conference was 
held Sunday, November 9th. William 
Wright conducted the afternoon ses- 
sion, and Gladys Quayle the children's 
programme. Speakers in the afternoon 



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session included Hazel Oates, Marjorie 
Cuthbertson and W. W. France. The 
evening session was conducted by 
Branch President Oates. Elder George 
Sonntag and District President 
Kenneth M. Oswald were the principal 
speakers. A solo was sung by Hazel 
Oates, and the Branch Choir rendered 
two numbers. 

A baptismal service was held in the 
Sunderland Branch Chapel on Novem- 
ber 29th. Those who were baptised 
were Alma Thompson and Mary 
Ingram Anderson, both baptised by 
Ralph Blakeburn. Alma Thompson 
was confirmed by Elder Clarence L. 
Olsen and Mary Ingram Anderson was 
confirmed by President Oates. 

NORWICH DISTRICT 

Reported by Alfred F. Woodhoute 

A social in the Lowestoft Chapel 
schoolroom was sponsored by the Sun- 
day School and the M.I.A. of the 
Lowestoft Branch on November 29th. 
The sixty members and friends in at- 
tendance all enjoyed a pleasant even- 
ing. Funds were raised on behalf of 
the Sunday School Christmas party. 
On this occasion, the members of the 
Cornish family, active in the Branch 
for many years, and who have just re- 
cently left for America, were presented 
with gifts from the Lowestoft members. 
Elder Thomas Harper was M.C. for the 
evening. 

The Norwich Branch Relief Society 
held a bazaar and Christmas sale in 
the Branch schoolroom on November 
29th. Good support was given the 
affair. The proceeds, amounting to 
over £20, went towards the Branch 
welfare fund. President Ann Booker 
and her counsellors devoted much time 
and labour towards the organising of 
this event. 

NOTTINGHAM DISTRICT! 

Reported by G. Ooreen Green 

At the Union Meeting on November 
29th, George W. Winfield and George 
Bradley were sustained as District 
Advisors of the Sunday School and 
M.I.A. , respectively. 

The Gleaners of the Nottingham 



District held their Election Comradery 
on November 22nd. An inspiring 
tableau was presented and District 
Gleaner officers were chosen. The 
programme was under the direction of 
Joyce Bowler, the District Gleaner 
leader. 

At 2 p.m. on November 27th, Presi- 
dent and Sister Wallace R. Reid and 
President K. G. McKay and the mis- 
sionaries of the District, sat down to 
their Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone 
contributed to the meal from parcels 
from home. All enjoyed this little bit 
of America in good old England. 

A box supper was sponsored by the 
Derby Branch M.I.A. on November 
26th. All present had a very delightful 
time. 

Under the direction of the Derby 
M.I.A., the Sunday evening firesides 
have commenced and are meeting with 
great enthusiasm and .success. 

A bazaar, under the direction of the 
Derby Primary, was held on November 
22nd. Sister Agnes Fraser opened the 
affair. After the sale, which raised 
£5:10:0, the children entertained over 
one hundred people with songs, tap 
dances, acrobatics, and a tableau. 

Sixty-four people attended a success- 
ful social sponsored by the Eastwood 
Branch Sunday School on November 
20th. Monologues, dances, an amus- 
ing skit, items from the Derby Saints, 
and games, made a very pleasing 
evening. 

The Primary of Eastwood held a 
"sausage and mash" supper on Novem- 
ber 26th. Forty people enjoyed the 
meal. Games completed a most enjoy- 
able evening. 

In the Leicester Branch, regular 
priesthood meetings are being held and 
a Genealogical Committee has been 
formed, with Ada L. Lenton as chair- 
man. 

On November 11th, Elder Don C. 

Wood presented two films to about 

forty members and friends of the 
Church. 



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A baptismal service was held In Not- 
tingham under the direction of District 
President McKay on November 15th. 
Mrs. Florcna Miller was baptised by 
President McKay and confirmed the 
following day by Elder Vaughn L. 
Terry. 

A supper was held at the home of 
Minnie Wilson, Mansfield, recently. 
The hot four course dinner was enjoyed 
by all. The proceeds are being used for 
the children's Christmas prizes. 

SCOTTISH DISTRICT 

Reported by Reed M. Izatt 

Scotland has been the scene of much 
activity during the past month on the 
part of local members and travelling 
missionaries. 

The Elders labouring in Edinburgh, 
Elder L. Glade Greenhalgh and Elder 
George K. Hardy, have been successful 
in presenting film lectures to universi- 
ties, clubs and other groups. They have 
been well received by the education 
circles of Edinburgh. The films de- 
picting the story of Mormonism have 
been presented to the John Knox Youth 
Club, the Student Representative 
Council, the Cosmopolitan Club at the 
University of Edinburgh, the Kirk 
O'Field College, and the Scottish Edu- 
cational Film Societies. Following the 
film lecture to the Cosmopolitan Club, 
an invitation was extended to the Elders 
to lunch with the club at a leading 
restaurant. This club represents 
peoples and religions from every corner 
of the world — from China to Norway, 
and Australia to Tanganyika. On 
November 14th, the Elders attended a 
reception at the home of Mr. Day, the 
American Consulate, and made many 
fine acquaintances. On Thanksgiving 
Day they renewed friendships with 
about 150 Americans whom Mr. Day 
brought together for Thanksgiving 
Dinner at the Caledonia Hotel. Many 
Americans are in Edinburgh attending 
New College, a ministerial school. 

A farewell party was held for Kath- 
erine Horner on November 26th at 
Ruskin House, Edinburgh. It was under 
the direction of President William 
Stout. Refreshments were served by 




the Relief Society. A programme was 
presented, after which Elder Reed M. 
Izatt showed slides he has taken in 
Scotland. Novel games were played 
and a good time was had by all. Hilda 
Woodford is taking the place of 
Katherine Horner in the Genealogical 
research there. 

Neighbourhood Primaries in the 
Scottish District are increasing their 
activities and their rolls. Catherine 
MacDonald is now assisting Marjorie 
Foote in one of the Glasgow Primaries. 

In Edin- 
burgh, 
the Pri- 
m a r y, 
p r esided 
over by 
the El- 
ders, now has twenty-one non-member 
children enrolled. 

A Boy Scout troop has been started 
in Aberdeen and is under the capable 
leadership of Graham Comrie as 
Scoutmaster. The boys and parents 
evidence much enthusiasm, and the 
outlook for this troop is a very promis- 
ing one. 

Coloured film lectures on Mormon- 
ism have been presented at various or- 
ganisations in Aberdeen, and more 
recently at the University of Aberdeen, 
where Elders R. Eyre Turner and 
Arthur B. Chase presented the story 
and programme of the Church to a 
group of very interested students. 

On November 25th and 27th. the 
M.I.A. and Relief Society of the Glas- 
gow Branch enjoyed a lantern lecture 
in the Christian Institute, Glasgow, by 
Elders Reed M. Izatt, Verl J. Iverson, 
Paul C. Fletcher, and District Presi- 
dent William Harper Stoneman, depict- 
ing scenes of Scotland and a film on 
the State of Utah, entitled, "In the 
Tops of the Mountains." 

On November 15th, Raymond Rams- 
den was baptised by Elder George K. 
Hardy at the North Woodside Baths, 
Glasgow. He v^as confirmed by Elder 
Hardy. 



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An executive meeting of officers and 
teachers of the Scottish District was 
held on November 29th in the Christian 
Institute, Glasgow. There were thirty- 
three in attendance, representing all 
branches of the District. Instructions 
in the various departments were given 
by President Wallace R. Reid of the 
Mission Presidency and by Sister Nora 
Reid and Sister Edith Mullinger. 

The first services held in Dundee, 
Scotland, for many years, took place 
on November 30th. Elder Junior E. 
Call is serving as Branch President of 
the new branch and Elder Paul H. 
Maeser is serving as Branch Clerk. 

SHEFFIELD DISTRICT 

Reported by Arvilla Smith 

The Sheffield Branch M.I.A. officers 
sponsored a Halloween party in the 
Latter-day Saint recreation hall on 
November 15th. A good time was en- 
joyed by all members and friends. 
Refreshments were served and games 
were played. Musical items were ren- 
dered under the direction of Olive 
Snow. 

Sheffield Branch M.I.A. officers held 
a Thursday evening dance in place of 
the usual meeting on November 20th. 
A good time was enjoyed by all. Music 
for the dancing was supplied by friends 
and members of the Church. 

A baptism service was held in the 
Sheffield Branch chapel on December 
5th, under the direction of Branch 
President George A. Stubbs. Maurine 



Charlotte Hartley, Dorothy Bailey and 
David Edward Mann were baptised by 
Elder Clay S. Tanner and confirmed 
by George H. Bailey, Jnr., District 
President David W. Egbert and Joseph 
Hampstead, respectively. 

Under the direction of the Sheffield 
Branch Sunday School Superinten- 
dency, seventy-six members and friends 
attended a Sunday evening service held 
in the Latter-day Saint Chapel. A fine 
programme of speech and music was 
enjoyed by all. The theme was, "Create 
in me a clean heart." 

WELSH DISTRICT 

Reported by Gladys Mason 

Fireside chats are being held regular- 
ly with good attendances at Merthyr 
Tydfil Branch, under the direction of 
Maureen Davies, Ralph Pulman, and 
Joan Pulman. 

A bazaar and social was held at 
Varteg Branch on December 2nd. Its 
purpose was two-fold: to say "good- 
bye" to Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Forward 
and family and to Mr. and Mrs. Chris- 
topher Roberts, who are leaving for 
Canada, and also to raise funds from 
the sale of Relief Society work. The 
bazaar and social was well attended by 
Branch members and investigators. 
The entire evening was a great success. 

A Primary class was organised at the 
Cardiff Branch with Ilene Barret as 
Primary Mother. The first meeting 
was held on December 4th. with nine 
in attendance. 



PERSONALS 



BIRTHS 



McGILL. — Lloyd Robert Thomas 
McGill, infant son of Duncan and 
Hazel McGill of the Lowestoft Branch, 
born on September 21st, was blessed on 
November 2nd by S. W. Coleby. 

BATTLE.— The infant daughter of 
Harry and Doreen Battle of Middles- 
borough Branch was blessed on Decem- 
ber 7th by Elder Dean U. Ottley and 
given the name of Doreen. 



SCARGILL. — Ian Scargill, infant 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scargill of 
the Barnsley Branch, was named and 
blessed by Elder J. Blythe Moyes on 
November 27th. 

LEECE. — Sandra Patricia Leece and 
Joseph Leece, infant children of Joseph 
Leece and Louis McKensie Leece of 
Dundee, Scotland, were blessed by Elder 
L. Glade Greenhalgh on September 
22nd. 



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PARKER. — Brian Parker, son of 
Herbert and Mabel Parker of the 
Lowestoft Branch, born June 12th, 
1945, was blessed on November 2nd by 
President L. H. Coleby. 

DEATHS 

WORBY,— Albert Worby, a member 
of the Luton Branch, died on Novem- 
ber 17th. His grave was dedicated by 
Elder Robert E. Riggs at Luton Ceme- 
tery on November 20th. 

CONNELLY. — Agnes Connelly, age 
87, a member of the South London 
Branch, died on December 10th. 
Funeral services were conducted by 
Branch President Frank Smith on 
December 15th. Short remarks were 
delivered by Elder William R. Waite. 
The grave was dedicated by Elder 
George T. Choules. 

EMIGRATIONS 

FORWARD. — Hayden and Hilda 
Forward and their family, all of the 
Varteg Branch, left the shores of 
England on December 10th enroute to 
Canada, where they will reside. Mr. 
Forward was formerly the branch 
president at Varteg. 

ROBERTS. — Mr. and Mrs. Christo- 
pher Roberts, also of the Varteg Branch, 
left England en December 10th enroute 
to Canada, where they, too, will reside. 

WILLMOTT— David W. and Cecelia 
Willmott and their children, Ann, 
Francis, David and Colin, of the Cat- 
ford Branch, emigrated to Cardston, 
Alberta, Canada, by air, on November 
24th. 

BOWEN : BEAMS. — On November 
26th, Mrs. E. E. Bowen, with her son, 
Wesley, and daughters, Muriel and 
Audrey Beams, left Bristol enroute for 
Salt Lake City. All members of the 
family have been very active in the 
Bristol Branch. 

BUCKLEY.— Joan Buckley of Roch 
dale sailed on the "Queen Mary" on 
November 21st to join her sister in 
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. 



WILLMOTT. — Alfred J. Willmott, 
Jnr., of the North London Branch left 
England for Canada on November 15th. 
He was formerly the North London 
Branch President. 

WILLMOTT. — Joseph F. Willmott 
left England for Canada on November 
14th. He had served as First Counsel- 
lor in the North London Branch Presi- 
dency. 

TAYLOR. — Harry Taylor of the 
North London Branch left for Canada 
on November 14th. He has served as 
an instructor in the Branch Sunday 
School. 

WRIGHT. — Scott Wright left Eng- 
land for Canada on November 15th. 
He was formerly the Sunday School 
Superintendent of the North London 
Branch. 

BIRKHEAD.— Mr. and Mrs. Fred K. 
Birkhead and family left for Ogden, 
Utah, U.S.A., aboard the "Marine 
Jumper" on November 16th. The 
Birkheads have long been active mem- 
bers of the Barnsley and Sheffield 
Branches. 

SCARGILL. — Mr. and Mrs. Walter 
Scargill and family of the Barnsley 
Branch, sailed for Canada on Novem- 
ber 27th. The Scargills will make their 
home in Alberta, Canada. 

FISHER. — Mr. and Mrs. Arthur 
Fisher and family of the Birmingham 
Branch left for Vernal, Utah, U.S.A., 
on December 9th. 

MAUD.— Mr. and Mrs. Maud of the 
Bradford Branch left England for Salt 
Lake City on December 10th. 

BARON. — Graham and Marion Baron 
of the Hyde Branch left England for 
Seattle, Washington, on December 16th. 

MARRIAGES 

MCALLISTER - MARTIN. — Isabella 
McAllister of Blackridge, West Lothian, 
Scotland, and John Martin of the Air- 
drie Branch, were married on Novem- 
ber 21st by District President William 
H. Stoneman. 

MacDONALD-TACEY.— Marion Mac- 
Donald of the Glasgow Branch was 
married to Martin Tacey on September 
16th, in Glasgow. 



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THE RESTORATION OF THE 
GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST 

— continued from page 7 

TRUTHS RESTORED 

God lives. 

Jesus is the Christ, the Saviour of 
the world. 

God is the Father of the spirits of 
men. 

The intelligence of man was not 
created, but was clothed with a spirits 
ual body. The brotherhood of man is 
a real brotherhood. 

Man is eternal. He lived before this 
life. He will live after this life. 

In the pre-mortal life, our spirits 
developed in varying degrees according 
to our obedience. 

Life has a great purpose: the pro- 
gress and happiness of man. 

THE PLAN 

A plan was proposed by Jesus, our 
Elder Brother, for the attainment of 
the purpose of man's existence. We 
had in the spirit world, as now, our 
free agency, and we accepted the plan. 

The world was organised out of pre- 
existing element as the home of man, 
for the realisation of the purpose of 
his existence. 

Jesus offered to be the captain of 
the plan, asking no reward nor glory, 
though He should suffer death in the 
performance of His mission. 

The disobedience of our first parents 
and resulting death were foreseen. To 
redeem the world from sin and death, 
Jesus was to be born on earth. As 
death would come through Adam, so 
would resurrection come through Jesus 
Christ. In the one we have no blame; 
in the other we have no merit. We 
shall all die and we shall all be 
resurrected. 

The resurrection is a personal resur- 
rection of the body. 



After the resurrection, we shall be 
judged by our works according to the 
gospel. 

Did we desire the truth and did we 
seek the truth. Did we love light 
rather than darkness? 

Did we conform our lives to the truth 
we found? 

Did we accept Jesus as our leader 
and our Saviour? 

Did we make a covenant with Him 
by baptism, administered by His auth- 
orised servants, that we would live 
righteously and serve under His leader- 
ship and the leadership of His servants 
to make a better and a happier world? 

Did we so honour the covenant that 
we obtained the testimony and the gift 
of the Holy Ghost to guide us in our 
efforts to gain further truth and to live 
in harmony with it? 

This is the way to salvation. 

Universal Salvation. — The gospel was 
given to the first man and lost by dis- 
obedience; given again and lost again 
more than once. Not all men will have 
the opportunity to hear the gospel in 
this life. But the plan provides that 
all will have this opportunity, either in 
this life or in the life to come; all will 
have the opportunity to accept or reject 
the Messiah and His leadership. 

In baptism a covenant is made to do 
the will of the Saviour, and His death 
and resurrection are recognised. How- 
ever, baptism is an ordinance of this 
world. How then can the repentant 
dead make this sacred covenant and 
thus receive remission of their sins 
and be enlisted under the leadership 
of the Saviour? The baptism may be 
performed by the living for the dead. 
This vicarious baptism does not save 
the dead. No ordinance saves either 
the living or the dead. As it is for 
the living, the validity of baptism for 
the dead is dependent on belief and 
repentance. 

Little children who die before they 
reach the age of reason are innocent 



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in the eyes of God and need no bap- 
tism to come forth in the first resur- 
rection. They inherit no sin or trans- 
gression because of the sin of Adam; 
nor can they contract obligations (by 
being baptised as infants) of which 
they cannot have the slightest knowl- 
edge. 

We begin the next life where we 
finish this life — with the same charac- 
ter and the same knowledge. 

Eternal Progression. — Throughout 
eternity, man — an indivual — will have 
opportunity to gain in knowledge and 
intelligence. He will have opportunity 
for ever increasing progress and joy. 
But progress and resulting happiness 
can only come in the measure that we 
are willing and prepared to make use 
of the opportunities the Lord provides. 

Punishment. — Man will be punished 
for his own sins and not for Adam's 
trangression. "Eternal punishment" is 
God's punishment, since He is eternal, 
and therefore it will be just, and for 
any individual, not everlasting. There 
can perhaps be no greater punishment 
than the regret for opportunities 
neglected or blessings forfeited. 

Revelation Has Not Ceased. — When 
the holy priesthood is' on the earth the 
Lord will direct His Church and, 
through His prophets, reveal new truth 
as it is needed. 

Man is that he might have joy. 



Family relationships may be eternal. 

— As the family is the unit of society 
here, so will it be in the kingdom of 
our Father. Husbands and wives, 
parents and children will all be united 
in the resurrection if they have been 
united for time and eternity here in 
mortality by one of His servants who 
holds the "sealing powers'" of the 
priesthood. 

CHRIST'S SECOND COMING— 
THE MILLENIUM 

Jesus will come the second time to 
earth. This time He will come in power 
and glory to reign on the earth a 
thousand years. At His coming the 
just will be resurrected. During the 
millennial reign all unfinished work 
pertaining to this world will be com- 
pleted and all injustices will be righted. 
At the end of the millennium will come 
the general resurrection and final 
judgment. All will receive the bless- 
ings and the opportunities he is will- 
ing and prepared to accept. 

Is not the Gospel thus restored a 
message of hope and joy? It gives 
continuity, purpose and beauty to life. 
It gives a sense of relative values, 
courage and hope. It unites mankind 
under divine leadership as brothers. 

Does not the importance of the 
Gospel justify its restoration by 
heavenly messengers? 



WE THANK THEE 

By Miriam Millard 

Age 9 
South London Branch 

We thank Thee, Lord, for everything, 
The summer, the autumn, the winter, the spring; 
For food and clothes, parents and home 
From whom we wish never to roam; 

For the humming little bees; 

For the flowers and the trees. 

We thank Thee, Lord, for all these things 

And bring our hearts as offerings. 

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THE CHURCH AND THE PRESS 
IN BRITAIN 

— continued from page 16 

SALTED LAKE 

And on July 24th, 1847, the Pioneers, 
Brigham Young at their head, came to 
the place the Lord revealed to him. 

There was a river there issuing from 
a lake, heavily salted like the Dead 
Sea. 

They could not but call it the River 
Jordan. 

That very day they began to plough 
the ground and sow their seed. Next 
morning they diverted a creek for 
irrigation. 

Painfully, laboriously but infallibly, 
the rest came up with their 700 covered 
wagons in the autumn; 1,000 more the 
next year. 

And so they founded Salt Lake City. 

i Printed by special permission of the 
"Sunday Express.") 

• • • 

Weekly Scotsman 

MORMONS' INTEREST IN SCOTS 
ANCESTRY— An unusual angle on the 
far-flung ties which link Scotland and" 
Scots abroad was revealed by Mr. 
Thomas Johnston, chairman of the 
Scottish Tourist Board, in a speech at 
a conference which concluded yester- 
day at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 
U.S.A. 

"I was interested to find," he told 
his American audience, "that the Mor- 
mon community in Utah maintained a 
special investigator of our old records 
digging out pedigrees of families whose 
ancestors had migrated to the United 
States and joined the Mormon com- 
munity." 

The special investigator referred to 
by Mr. Johnston is Miss Catherine 
Horner, 40-year-old member of Christ's 
Church of the Latter-day Saints — 
commonly called the Mormon Church. 
This week I askedj her about her full- 
time job searching records for the 
Utah community at New Register 
House, Edinburgh. 



SCOTS IN UTAH — "A great num- 
ber of Scots have joined our Church,' 
she told me. "In the past 100 years 
85,000 people have gone out to Utah 
from Great Britain, and while I am 
not certain of the actual number of 
Scots who have done so, I believe that, 
in proportion to population, there are 
more Scots than English." 

Miss Horner answers "hundreds of 
enquiries each week" from Scots abroad 
seeking to trace their ancestry so that 
they can carry out one of the ordin- 
ances of the Mormon Church — the 
baptism of the dead. 

She estimates that she has a 50 
percent success with the total number 
of enquiries she receives. Many can 
be traced as far back as 1700, but be- 
fore that date few accurate records are 
in existence. 

A KING'S SON — What she des- 
cribes as her most notable inquiry was 
carried out for a woman member of the 
Church, whose ancestry she traced 
back to the first Earl of Orkney, a 
natural son of King James IV of Scot- 
land. In another case it was possible 
to trace back to the year 1592, but such 
success is unusual. 

Miss Horner took up her research 
work at the request of a leading mem- 
ber of her Church. After a two years 
period of training, she spent some time 
on similar work in England, and has 
now worked in Edinburgh for the past 
seven and a half years. 

The popular misconception that all 
Mormons believe in and practise polyg- 
amy was refuted by Miss Horner. Only 
2 perecnt of the Church's membership 
ever practised it, she says, and since 
1890 it has been discontinued. 

* • • 

Gorton Reporter (Ashton-under-Lync) 

AMERICAN ELDERS VISIT 
BROOKFIELD 

Members of the Church of the Latter- 
day Saints, from Salt Lake City, Utah, 
Elders Davies and Lambert, who are 



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visiting this country, were guests at the 
Young People's League, Brookfleld, 
Gorton, on Sunday evening, and their 
talk was illustrated with views and 
slides. 

While Dr. Levies spoke on the work 
of his Church, Mr. Lambert operated 
the lantern equipment, showing the 
development and history of the 
movement from Vermont, through New 
York, Missouri, Illinois, and eventually 
to the arid desert of Utah, where the 
members eventually built Salt Lake 
City. Many questions were asked, and 
Mr. Davies also mentioned the customs 
that are observed. 

Mr. Alan Pearson presided, and a 
vote of thanks he proposed was 
seconded by the Rev. Fred Cottier, 
minister. The visit was in connection 
with the series of subjects being pre- 
sented weekly, entitled "I Believe." 



LONDON ASSOCIATION VISITS 
MISSION HEADQUARTERS 

—continued from page 8 

Church. This was followed by the 
showing of two slide lectures, presented 
by Elders George P. Marchant and 
William R. Waite. After two numbers 
from a missionary quartette consisting 
of Elders Robert E. Riggs, Frank M. 
Carlisle, James L. Mortensen, and 
William R. Callister, President Clayton 
and Elder Riggs explained briefly the 
doctrines and beliefs of the Church, 
and answered the many questions that 
followed. Light refreshments were 
then served. 

The spokesman of the London Ap- 
preciation Society, Henry T. Phippard, 
expressed thanks to the missionaries 
for a most interesting afternoon. 
Hands were shaken, farewells bidden, 
and literature distributed, thus ending 
a most unusual afternoon in Gospel 
promulgation. 



ON SHARING THE GOSPEL 

—continued from page J 

And answer ourselves with absolute 
honesty. ... I am sure you appreciate 
perfectly well exactly what I mean. 

If we can face the answer, as one 
inevitable day we shall have to face it 
— make no mistake, there is NO escape 
from that answer — we MUST do our 
best to put ourselves right with our- 
selves. That too is sjmple arithmetic. 

If we do that we shall have auto- 
matically begun the binding together 
of the greatest spiritually radio-active 
force in the universe — the true Gospel. 

WE MUST DO THAT ! ! 

It would be this Gospel translated 
into terms of action. It would be the 
beginning of the fulfilment of the will 
of our Heavenly Father, the duty laid 
on mankind by the Son of God himself 
in clear and unmistakable directives. 

Since that great dispensation man- 
kind drifted astray — the state of the 
world proves that beyond doubt. But 
in His Mercy He came again, and to- 
day we have the restoration of the 
Gospel dispensation — complete to the 
last detail. 

• We have been given our first centen- 
nial to consolidate it — is the century 
ahead our great chance to save the 
world according to His will? 

It is our duty to do our share . . . 

WE MUST NOT FADL. WE 
DARE NOT FAIL. 



"SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES" 

—continued from page 6 

"were writing them, a thousand, two 
thousand, or five thousands years ago. 
Do you read them as though you stood 
in the place of the men who wrote 
them?" he asked. The Bible is the 
most complete exposition of God's 
solicitude for man's eternal destiny. 

"Search the scriptures;" said Jesus, 
"for in them ye think ye have eternal 
life: and they are they which testify of 
me." (St. John 5:39) 



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Mission-wide Conference 

at Leicester, May 22nd and 23rd 

MANY entertaining features are being planned for 
the 1948 British Mission-wide Conference to 
be held at the beautiful De Montfort Hall in 
Leicester on May 22nd and 23rd. 

MISSIONARY CHORUS TO SING 

A chorus, composed of 165 male missionaries will 
furnish numbers at each session of the conference. 
All missionaries will be trained in the selected songs in 
their districts. Then the district choruses will be 
combined a day or so prior to the conference at 
Leicester. 
VAST CROWD EXPECTED 

Plans are being framed to accommodate large crowds 
at Leicester. It is expected that the peak conference 
attendance will far surpass the 1947 attendance at 
Bradford — 1,156 persons. The spacious De Montfort 
Hall will accommodate over 3,000. 

SPORTS ACTIVITIES PLANNED 

Many sports activities and competitions are planned 
for the Leicester Conference. An excellent playing 
field adjacent to the De Montfort Hall has been hired. 

PLAN NOW TO BE AT 

LEICESTER 

ON MAY 22ND AND 23RD 










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